Jack White’s music is great, but he is a little bit of a d*ck when it comes to respecting other artists. You might remember how he went on a tirade against The Black Keys for allegedly ripping him off. He dislikes them enough that he doesn’t want his kids to go to the same school as Dan Auerbach’s.
“There are kids at school who dress like everybody else,” he said, “because they don’t know what to do, and there are musicians like that, too. I’ll hear TV commercials where the music’s ripping off sounds of mine, to the point I think it’s me. Half the time, it’s the Black Keys. The other half, it’s a sound-alike song because they couldn’t license one of mine. There’s a whole world that’s totally fine with the watered-down version of the original.
“Some people will hear that and say ‘Oh, Jack White thinks he’s the first person to play the blues,’” he said. “But certain acts open up a market for a certain style. Amy Winehouse: Did she invent white soul? Wearing a beehive? No. But she did something brand new and fresh, altogether as a package, and you see who’s in her wake, from the Duffys to the Lana Del Reys. Adele selling 20 million records? That would not have happened if Amy Winehouse was alive.”
Yeesh. Jack White is a pretty bitter dude.